Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

312 pages
Published 2008 by HarperCollins

Greetings Brave Adventurers,

I wish I could tap into Neil Gaiman’s brain. Even when his books swing wide, his fantasy is just so darn fantastical, I can’t help but be mightily impressed.

The Graveyard Book hovers somewhere between MG and YA, and is Gaiman’s usual fare of macabre, dark, sometimes-scary and sometimes-beautiful story. It begins like a Grimm fairytale, with a small child escaping from a house on a misty night, a house in which both his parents and his young sister have just been stabbed to death. The child becomes Nobody Owens, and takes up residence in a graveyard, with ghosts as teachers, parents and companions.

Nobody grows up, makes friends, confronts his fears and eventually comes face to face with the man who killed his family.

At times the story feels episodic; some scenes seem nothing more than strange and beautiful page-fillers, but the ending and the beginning both build tension and lead to a strong climax.

This is a novel where the end feels like a beginning, and the beginning felt like an end.

8/10 Haunting Dragons
8 dragons


  1. I haven’t picked up a Neil Gaiman book in years. Thanks for reminding me about how good he can be. Got any favorites that you would like to suggest?

    1. HI Gregory! Thanks for dropping by! I highly recommend Good Omens – Gaiman wrote it in conjunction with Terry Pratchett and it is absolutely cracker – I’ve read it three times, it is so enjoyable. Have you read it?

      1. Thank you for the recommendation. I, too, found “Good “Omens” to be an awesome book. Need to pick up a copy of “Anansi Boys” and read it.

        Until we meet again, Keep Blogging

  2. I have a 10 year old cousin that is convinced this is the best thing to occur in the literary world since Harry Potter, lol. If he can induce kids to read, he’s got my money. I’ve only really read American Gods by him, which I LOVED, and a short story called the The Sleeper and the Spindle, which is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. By the end of that story, I had trouble keeping my mouth closed, hos far my jaw dropped. If you haven’t read American Gods yet, you should definitely check it out!

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